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  • Cristina Merrill 3:53 pm on 2018/10/16 Permalink
    Tags: , , God of War, Happily Inc., jayne ann krentz, karen schaler, , , , , , Twilight Texas   

    Romance Roundup: Paranormal Warriors, Inn Proprietors, and Spunky Seamstresses 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes an ad executive who MUST get into the Christmas spirit, a Marine who needs lots of love and hugs, and an independent seamstress who strikes a deal with a sexy duke.

    Christmas Camp, by Karen Schaler
    In this, the latest from the writer of Neflix’s hit flick The Christmas Prince, Haley Hanson isn’t really the type to decorate the halls with boughs of holly. The ad executive would rather spend Christmas in the Caribbean working. The thing is, this year she needs to land a major Christmas-related account, so her boss sends her to a Christmas bootcamp of sorts to rev up her holiday spirits. Haley gets revved up alright—by the camp owner’s hunky son, Jeff. (Jeff, we’d like to deck your halls with…nothing. Absolutely nothing. Your halls should be naked. And by “your halls” we mean “your body.”) Haley and Jeff soon realize that they like each other a whole lot, but then they run into a major disagreement. Will they be able to get over their differences? And will Jeff continue to show Haley how much fun life outside of work can be for many, many years to come? (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 16.)

    Promise Not to Tell, by Jayne Ann Krentz
    Virginia Troy was in a cult as a kid, and a fire in the cult compound killed her mother, so yeah, she’s had it rough. Years have gone by, and Virginia now owns her own art gallery in Seattle. (Virginia, you go, girl!) Tragedy strikes again, though, when one of her artists commits suicide. The artist left behind some clues, and Virginia gets help looking into these clues from private investigator Cabot Sutter. He was also part of that cult as a kid, so he knows our gal better than anyone. (Did we mention that he also now has the physique and mind of a mature, adult man, one to whom any woman would give her best “come hither” look?) Now that they’re free adults, Virginia and Cabot can explore their feelings for each other and look into this murder. Here’s hoping they solve the mystery soon, and that they build a loving and peaceful life together! (Available in paperback on October 23.)

    Not Quite Over You, by Susan Mallery
    Banker Drew Lovato once broke Silver Tesdal’s heart—and his bank turned down her application for a loan. Drew decides to finance Silver’s wedding-related business venture himself, and he miiiiight have some romantically-inclined ulterior motives. (Drew, it’s official. After a brief hiatus, we are back on Team Drew!) Silver is thrilled to get her enterprise up and running, but resisting Drew will prove to be impossible. They were high school sweethearts, for one, and the years have been very good to them both. Still, there are some painful secrets that need to be discussed out in the open. Here’s hoping Drew and Silver give things a real second chance to blossom, and that they let go of their painful pasts and look straight ahead into their futures together! This is the fourth book in Mallery’s Happily Inc. series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 23.)  

    Shadow and Ice, by Gena Showalter
    Knox of Iviland is the fiercest warrior there ever was, and he works for an exceptionally intense boss—the king of a battle-weary, paranormal land. Knox’s Number One Job has always been to win new realms for his king to lord over. (Talk about a toxic office culture!) Knox may be Hot Stuff in his world, but he’s still a slave. He can win his freedom, though, with his latest assignment. The thing is, he and Vale London end up stumbling into each other’s lives. She was on a mini-vacation with her foster sister when she randomly found herself in the middle of an epic battle featuring exceptionally hunky fighters. (Now THAT’S a story for the Yelp review!) Knox and Vale end up falling for each other quite hard, but Knox is still in the middle of his whole fight-for-my-freedom mission. Knox and Vale, you’re both smart and strong and sexy. Figure something out! This is the first book in Showalter’s Gods of War series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 23.)

    Winter at the Beach, by Sheila Roberts
    Jenna Jones is the new proprietor of the Driftwood Inn, and her mission this winter is to make the tourist beach haven of Moonlight Harbor profitable in the colder times. She does this by creating a festival, Seaside with Santa, and to her credit the tourists start coming back in droves. She’s awfully busy with all of this, plus there’s the fact that two very different men are trying to win her heart. (Jenna, just tell us which one you really want and we’ll get rid of the other one for you in a legal and non-violent way! Problem solved!) Things are going quite well until Mother Nature starts to turn everything into a wintry, blustery mess. Jenna, you’ve got this! You will save Christmas! And your town’s economy! And you’ll end up with the man of your dreams! And we’ll all help you in any way we can, even if it means crashing in a sleeping bag on the inn’s lobby floor! (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 23.)

    The Christmas Key, by Lori Wilde
    Mark Shepherd was doing well in the Marines, but then a mission went wrong and he got injured and lost one of his fellow soldiers. He’s feeling the guilt big time, and he decides to visit the fallen soldier’s family in Twilight, Texas. There he meets Naomi Luther, who he soon realizes is the perfect woman to have and hold his tender, broken heart. She’s also the sister of his fallen comrade. Thanks to a bit of mistaken identity, she doesn’t learn who he really is right away, and Mark isn’t exactly keen to come clean. Mark, buddy, sometimes in life you have to take a major risk for the things that matter most, so straighten your spine and strut over to Naomi’s place and tell her everything – including how you really feel. Oh, and wear a tight T-shirt that shows off your impressive pectorals and is easy to rip off! This is the ninth book in Wilde’s Twilight, Texas series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 23.)

    Duchess by Design, by Maya Rodale
    Brandon Fiennes, the duke of Kingston, needs to find himself a filthy rich American heiress to save his family’s ruined estate. His quest takes him to Manhattan, where he meets spunky, independent seamstress Adeline Black. All she wants to do is dress high society ladies. She has zero desire to actually be a high society lady. She and Brandon come up with a plan: He’ll make sure she gets the opportunity to display her craft at high society events, and she’ll accompany him to said high society events and help him find a bride who can do the duchess thing. Their respective missions will surely be accomplished! Ah, but then they start to fall in love, which is totally understandable, because Adeline is an awesome, modern woman and Brandon, for all of his faults, is a hottie with a heart of gold. Is there a future for them? This is the first book in Rodale’s Gilded Age Girls Club series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 23.)

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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2018/01/03 Permalink
    Tags: , born of vengeance, , collision course, jayne ann krentz, , promise not to tell, , , roni loren, , spring forward, the ones who got away, the spring girls   

    Romance Roundup: Mechanics, Cult Survivors, and High School Sweethearts 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a romantic mechanic, reunited high school sweethearts, and a modern retelling of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women.

    Spring Forward, by Catherine Anderson
    Crystal Malloy has a full plate of responsibility. She’s trying to take care of her grandfather, for one. He lives in a retirement community and likes to break the rules now and then. (Sounds like he’s a lot of fun and a lot of work at the same time!) Her care duties put her in front of Tanner Richards, a Very Hot Man who occasionally helps her grandfather. (Let’s make one thing clear, though: Tanner is two generations younger than his older friend and has the face and body and arms to prove it!) Tanner and Crystal start seeing more of each other, and soon realize they’d like to see each other in a setting that’s a tad sexier than a nursing home. (Yes, this sounds like an excellent idea!) Will Crystal lighten up a bit? And will Tanner show her that beautiful body of his over and over again? This is the fourth book in Anderson’s Mystic Creek series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on January 2.)

    Promise Not to Tell, by Jayne Ann Krentz
    Virginia Troy was in a cult as a kid, and a fire in the cult compound killed her mother, so yeah, she’s had it rough. Years have gone by, and Virginia now owns her own art gallery in Seattle. (Virginia, you go, girl!) Tragedy strikes again, though, when one of her artists commits suicide. The artist left behind some clues, and Virginia gets help looking into these clues from private investigator Cabot Sutter. He was also part of that cult as a kid, and so he knows our gal better than anyone. (Did we mention that he also now has the physique and mind of a mature, adult man, one to whom any woman would give her best “Come hither” look?) Now that they’re free adults, Virginia and Cabot can explore their feelings for each other and look into this murder. Here’s hoping they solve the mystery soon, and that they build a loving and peaceful life together! (Available in hardcover, NOOK, and audiobook on January 2.)

    The Spring Girls, by Anna Todd
    Gather round, Louisa May Alcott fans! This modern retelling of Little Women features four sisters living on a military base in New Orleans with their mother while their father serves in Iraq. (Major kudos to military members and military families stationed, well, everywhere!) Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy are each trying to carve out a life for themselves. Meg wants to be an officer’s wife. (Follow your bliss, Meg, but please make sure you go to college first!) Jo wants to escape to New York City. (Can’t say we blame you, Jo! If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere!) Beth works really hard and doesn’t want to leave the house. (We all have those days, Beth!) And Amy is, well, Amy. They’re all still really young, so there’s plenty of time to watch them grow and blossom and pursue their dreams. (Wait! We’re still going to get Laurie, right?!) (Available in paperback and NOOK on January 2.)

    The Ones Who Got Away, by Roni Loren
    Liv Arias and Finn Dorsey were high school sweethearts. Then something awful happened during their senior year, not just to them, but also to a bunch of their classmates. The group was collectively referred to as The Ones Who Got Away, and now, 12 years later, they are about to relive the horror for a documentary. (Note to self: Stop whining about the traumatizing experience that was every high school math class!) Liv and Finn haven’t seen each other in a long time, and let’s just say that the years have been very kind to both of them. They’ve gone from teenagers to man and woman, and they are each bringing their A-game this time around. Can they learn to love each other as adults and help each other overcome their shared traumas? This is the first book in Loren’s The Ones Who Got Away series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on January 2.)

    Collision Course, by Marie Harte
    Florist Joey Reeves is a single mom with zero spare time on her hands. Then she meets Lou Cortez, a tattoo-covered mechanic who is so different from her that he might as well be from a different planet. (A sexy planet. One filled with sexy men, each of them eager to please their very own lucky lady.) Anyway, Joey wants to keep a lid on it because…well…single mom and…what if something goes wrong and…scared of everything and…omigod Joey just go for it! Life is too short, and Lou really needs help wiping oil residue off of his mighty, mighty form. Joey will soon realize, though, that she can be the yin to Lou’s yang, and that together they can create car and flower-loving babies. So Joey, you go hire that babysitter, grab a damp towel, and get down the fun stuff ASAP! This is the fourth book in Harte’s Body Shop Bad Boys series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on January 2.)

    Born of Vengeance, by Sherrilyn Kenyon
    The latest book in Kenyon’s The League: Nemesis Rising series features Bastien Cabarro and Ember Wyldestarrin, who used to be each other’s wingman. They’ve both had it rough, to say the least. He was framed for his family’s murder, for one. As for Ember, her parents were killed and she had to go into exile. Ember wants to stay away from the troubles plaguing her world, but she is eager to make people pay for their actions. As for Bastien, he’s got a lot of people relying on him to complete certain missions, so there is no time to waste. He and Ember are both thirsty for justice, and certainly for each other. There’s a whole lot of intrigue and mystery going on, so here’s hoping Ember and Bastien manage to keep their heads above water through it all and ultimately realize that they are, like, kind of perfect for each other. (Available in paperback on January 2.)

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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2017/08/22 Permalink
    Tags: , immortally yours, jayne ann krentz, , , , , , , , , , wicked abyss,   

    Romance Roundup: Art Investigators, Restaurant Murders, and Sexy Immortals 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a set of sisters trying to move past some major family trauma, an art investigator who gets to investigate a very sexy billionaire, and a literary-themed, paranormal murder-mystery.

    The Game, by Vanessa Fewings
    Romance readers who love a good art heist and all of the involved drama can sink their teeth into Fewings’ latest! Our gal Zara Leighton is an art investigator, and she’s found herself caught up in a whirlwind romance with Tobias Wilder. He’s really into complicated art heists that challenge his mind (he’s already a billionaire, so the money is a non-issue), and he certainly knows his way around a bedroom. (Oh, that we could all get tangled up with him!) When a major artifact makes its way to the center of the drama, these two need to put their heads together. A sexy, romantic story that involves art and a face like Tobias’? Yes, please! This is the second book in Fewings’ Icon trilogy. (Available in paperback and NOOK on August 29.)

    The Summer That Made Us, by Robyn Carr
    The Hempstead sisters had it all—amily, marriage, kids, and a beautiful summer lake house. (Lots and lots of house descriptions that will fulfill our HGTV fantasies, please!) Then there was an accidental drowning one summer, and everything went downhill. Things just haven’t been the same since. (Sending major hugs your way, ladies!) Then one of them decides to do a very brave thing and bring the family back together at said lake house, which has been closed up. Fans know that Carr brings it when it comes to stories that combine family drama and romance, so turn off your cell phone, grab your sunglasses and summer beverage of choice, and get to reading! (Available in hardcover, paperback, and NOOK on September 5.)

    Wicked Deeds, by Heather Graham
    Historian Vickie Preston and paranormal investigator Griffin Pryce are SO ready to go home to Virginia and relax. They decide to stop in Baltimore, and boy does this detour cost them. There are several murders tied to an Edgar Allan Poe-themed restaurant, and these murders are very similar to some of Poe’s tales. Lots of the restaurant-goers become suspects. (Note to my favorite local taco joint: I am NOT engaging in any suspicious activity!) Then Edgar Allan Poe starts to appear to Vickie in her dreams and gives her hints about the murders. (Just FYI, Jane Austen, your ghost and romantic advice are more than welcome in all of our lives at any time!) Here’s hoping Vickie and Griffin manage to find out who the killer is ASAP so that these murders are nevermore. This is the latest book in Graham’s extensive Krewe of Hunters series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on September 19.)

    Wicked Abyss, by Kresley Cole
    Princess Calliope “Lila” Barbot did some pretty mean things centuries ago. These mean things included breaking the heart of the then-young boy Abyssian “Sian” Infernas. A long time has passed, and now our boy Sian has been turned into a bit of a hunky demonic monster-man. He’s out for some vengeance, so he kidnaps Lila and imprisons her in his castle. (Heck, if the view is nice and the food is good, Sian, we’re all yours!) Being in close proximity to Lila makes Sian soon realize there might be more to this woman than he thought. As for Lila, she wants to escape, but she’s becoming rather attached to Sian. Can Sian finally let it go, and can he and Lila move forward to create the beautiful, otherworldly babies they are surely meant to make? This is the latest book in Cole’s Immortals After Dark series. (Available in paperback on September 19.)

    Immortally Yours, by Lynsay Sands
    Beth Argenis has had the hots for Cullen “Scotty” MacDonald for the past 125 years, ever since he rescued her from a Rogue Immortal. (So, Beth, if we Google “historical hotties” Scotty’ll show up in the search results, right?) Beth has had plenty of time to become a top-notch Rogue Hunter, so she doesn’t need saving anymore, thank you very much. One thing hasn’t changed, though, and that’s the way she feels about Scotty. As for Scotty, he realizes after one kiss that Beth is the one for him and that he has got to stop wasting his time. (Seriously, buddy, what have you been up to all of these years?!) An enemy is on horizon, so these two better get together in more ways than one if they’re going to defeat said enemy and move on with their immortal lives together. This is the latest book in Sands’ super awesome Argeneau series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on September 26.)

    When All the Girls Have Gone, by Jayne Ann Krentz
    Charlotte Sawyer is having a not-so-great day. She finds out that her stepsister’s friend was murdered, and when she goes to break the news, she learns that said stepsister has disappeared. Her stepsister, Jocelyn, has done disappearing acts before (yup, she’s THAT kind of person), but this time it’s different. Charlotte teams up with private investigator Max Cutler to find her sister, and let’s just say that with his voice and body he can absolutely feel free to interrogate and investigate all he wants! Together, they delve into Jocelyn’s world and encounter some not-so-pretty things. Can they find the missing lady and manage to have a relationship that sometimes involves, say, using handcuffs in a fun way? (Available in paperback on September 26.)

    What romance novels are you diving into this week?

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  • Danielle Herzog 9:00 pm on 2016/11/30 Permalink
    Tags: jayne ann krentz, , sex lies & murder, ,   

    Jayne Ann Krentz’s When All The Girls Have Gone Draws Readers into a Tangled Web 

    A shiver went right down my spine the moment I read the first line of Jayne Ann Krentz’s latest novel, When All The Girls Have Gone. “The killer waited patiently for the target to emerge from the cabin.”

    Geez, Krentz, do you think you can give me a second before you get my heart racing?

    But no, she can’t.

    Because she wouldn’t be the New York Times bestseller of over fifty novels who thrives on getting readers excited, terrified, nervous and also intoxicated by romantic thrillers that leave you staying up into the wee hours of the night to read just one more chapter.

    And her latest is no exception. In fact, it might just be one of the best of them all.

    Told from multiple perspectives, including the killer’s, readers are drawn into the tangled web of lies, crimes, deceit and of course, sexual build-up and romance that gives this novel something that will appeal to every type of reader. Especially those who love unexpected plot twists that keep you guessing.

    You can’t help but be drawn into the journey that Charlotte Sawyer goes on to find her missing sister, Jocelyn. Not just because of the danger her search puts her in, but also because of the sexy private investigator, Max Cutler, she soon aligns with to help discover Jocelyn’s secret life.

    A secret life that included four women claiming they are part of a private investment group when their true mission is the farthest thing from financial.

    However, no secret stays hidden forever. And one by one, the women’s lives (including Charlotte’s) are at risk, because of the truths they have uncovered. Truths that the most evil of people wants to make sure are never revealed.

    I’m a huge fan of sexual tension and build-up, and Charlotte and Max’s slowly developing relationship didn’t let me down. They are both flawed characters—Charlotte lacks self-esteem after being left at the altar, and Max is trying to find his way after his previous position as a profiler ended badly.  But together, they find hope, and each begins to come into their own even as the two grow closer.

    As a reader, Krentz gives you the opportunity to  into the minds of each character, as Krentz writes from each of their perspectives. Which is absolutely harrowing, when you get to the killer’s inner thoughts and reasoning. Harrowing, but addictive to read.

    In the end, Krentz takes you on a journey that sucks you in and doesn’t let you go until the final page is turned.

    When All The Girls Have Gone is on B&N bookshelves now.

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